Canada is set to open its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers next month, but travelers will notice some differences from their trips before the pandemic.
From COVID testing and vaccination requirements to accommodation prices, a number of things have changed in the north since the closure of non-essential travel to the border between the two countries in March 2020. Since then, only trade and essential trips were allowed.
Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed entry into Canada for non-essential travel starting August 9 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, although the United States continues to enforce strict travel restrictions at its land borders. .
Here are 10 things to know before traveling to Canada.
American borders:United States extends border restrictions between Mexico and Canada until August 21
Canadian border crossing requirements: travelers will need to be fully immunized
American travelers wishing to visit Canada in land, air or water must complete a COVID-19 vaccinationat least 14 days before entry. The Government of Canada accepts Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca / COVISHIELD vaccines.
Cruises are not yet permitted to enter Canadian waters, but the country’s ban on cruise ships over 100 passengers is expected to end on November 1.
Everyone must take a negative COVID test
All travelers, regardless of their COVID vaccine status, will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 molecular test– like a PCR test – to enter. Fully vaccinated travelers will not need to be tested after arrival, unless they are randomly selected to do so.
Bring the COVID vaccine card, documentation
Travelers must show proof of COVID vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
Airlines will verify passenger immunization status through the ArriveCAN app or website before passengers board their flights. Those crossing the border must also use ArriveCAN before leaving. Information must be submitted within 72 hours of arrival.
Travelers are also advised to bring their vaccination documents to show to authorities at border entry points and to keep their test results and a list of close contacts and places visited handy.
The Canadian border reopens:Canadian border opens to vaccinated U.S. citizens on August 9: everything you need to know
Check for symptoms of COVID and be ready to quarantine
Fully vaccinated travelers will not need to self-isolate upon arrival, but visitors with symptoms of COVID will need to self-isolate. All visitors must provide a quarantine plan.
Children, others who are exempt may enter Canada
Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be permitted to enter the country with a fully immunized parent, step-parent, guardian or guardian who is eligible to enter Canada.
People with health conditions that prevent them from getting a full vaccine may also qualify for relaxed quarantine and testing requirements, but must take a modified quarantine. More details will be announced in the coming days, according to the Canadian government.
Canadian border:Canada to reopen borders to fully vaccinated Americans starting August 9
You may experience other COVID travel restrictions
Travelers will be required to follow a number of public health measures, including monitoring for signs of COVID-19 and keeping a copy of COVID vaccine documentation and test results 14 days after entry.
The Government of Canada suggests wearing masks in shared spaces, and some provinces – including Quebec and Ontario – still apply mask warrants.
Travelers entering by air will be required to wear a mask at Canadian airports and on flights to and from the country, regardless of their immunization status.
Some provinces still have other various COVID restrictions. Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, requires a travel form to enter. Ontario has capacity limits on organized public events, retail spaces, museums, casinos, theaters and more.
The country’s national parks are open and welcome visitors, but access to visitor facilities and services may be limited.
Rules for masks, open spaces and more:What you need to know about summer travel to Europe
Airlines add more flights to Canada
Airlines are adding more flights to Canada to meet the expected increase in demand for air travel.
Air Canada announced a summer cross-border program with up to 220 daily flights between the United States and Canada as of August 9. The initial program will include 55 routes and 34 U.S. destinations, but the airline plans to restore service to the 57 U.S. destinations previously served. “As conditions permit,” according to the airline.
United, which serves Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, said Monday it will add additional flights to Toronto and Vancouver in September.
American Airlines serves four airports in Canada – Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver – and is expected to resume operations in Halifax, Quebec and Ottawa in the spring of 2022, according to a June press release.
Pricing for the Skyscanner flight finder showed on Wednesday that air fares for August travel from the United States to Canada start at $ 251 for Vancouver, $ 266 for Toronto and $ 300 for Calgary.
As of August 9, international flights carrying passengers will be allowed to land at nine Canadian airports:
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Calgary Intl Airport
- Vancouver International Airport.
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport
- Quebec Jean-Lesage International Airport
- Ottawa Macdonald – Cartier International Airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- Edmonton International Airport
Or there is Hawaii:4 tips for making the most of your Maui vacation as more travelers come to Hawaii
Hotel room rates in Canada are low – but prices are rising
In May, the average daily room rate – or ADR – at hotels across Canada was $ 113.40 in Canadian dollars(US $ 90.27), down 32% from 2019, according to hotel analysis firm STR.
Hotel room prices are expected to rebound as border restrictions ease; STR expects ADR to hit $ 116.22between July and September, according to a June press release. The company expects small towns and resorts to lead the recovery.
“International demand is playing an incredibly important role in the recovery process, and we expect demand for hotel and business entertainment to increase once the land border between the United States and Canada reopens,”the press release read.
After:Yes, the room prices are higher. Hotel rates hit a record high the week of July 4.
Majority of eligible Canadians vaccinated against COVID-19
The COVID vaccine rollout in Canada got off to a slower start, but the country has since surpassed U.S. immunization rates.
Almost 70% of the Canadian population was at least partially vaccinated and almost 44% fully vaccinated as of July 10. In the United States, 56% of the population was partially vaccinated and 49% were fully vaccinated on Tuesday.
Canada has reported 712 new confirmed cases of COVID in the past 24 hours as of Wednesday, according to the World Health Organization, a fraction of the 34,678 new cases reported in the United States.
United States Extends Canadian Border Closure
The United States extended border restrictions on non-essential travel on Wednesday, keeping its borders with Canada and Mexico closed until at least August 21. Entry restrictions affect both land travel and ferry travel.
The move aims to help the country reduce the spread of COVID-19, including the highly contagious delta variant.
International travelers planning to return to the United States by air will need to get tested no later than 3 days before travel and present a negative test result or recovery documentation to the airline prior to boarding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID Travel:The delta variant is spreading. Should travelers be worried?
Follow USA TODAY reporter Bailey Schulz on Twitter: @bailey_schulz.